Under Construction


Over the last year my blogging has taken a drastic change. First I actually cleaned up an old blog I had lying around that I had not touched since about five years ago and I revamped it when I published my first book. Then I decided to switch from Blogger to WordPress – for so many good reasons, mainly that WP offers more variety for what my page needs. Now I have gone from a basic wordpress blog to a hosted website with my own domain. How exciting is that! I was going to hold off on switching over to this site until after Christmas. I figured it would give me a few months to get it set up and looking good. However, there were some features I needed that my WP blog just would not provide, so I went ahead and switched over now.

Because of this long and tedious process of learning what is and is not needed for my site, as well as trying different looks until I find what will work best, you can expect to see changes on this site on probably close to a daily basis, if not at least weekly basis. I don’t like to leave things for very long and playing around is how I learn. So if there is ever something that pops up that you do not like, feel free to leave a comment below and let me know. I want my site to be pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate, as well as fun and a reflection of what I write.

Thank you for your patience as this site grows to encompass all that is needed in this journey of mine.

A Peculiar Ramblings Game – Test Your Regency Word Power

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Peculiar Ramblings Games

To test your Regency word power, complete the matching game found in this printable pdf:

Test Your Regency Word Power


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Protected: A Peculiar Ramblings Story – Under the Apple Tree

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New Site!

I know I just transferred from blogger to wordpress just a few months ago, but it is time to switch again – this time to my own web site! It will be easier for people to find me in search engines now that it is my author name. Also, with the new newsletter (Peculiar Ramblings) starting up, I felt I really needed to go ahead and switch over now instead of waiting until the new year. So please have patience with me as I build it into what I want.

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The blog tour continues!

Two changes for a GIVEAWAY!!! I know y’all love that word probably about as much as I do. I <3 <3 <3 giving stuff away! Well if you love getting a free book, check out these two chances to win a copy of my newest book, Just to Hear ‘I Love You’. 

Rose over at The Darcy Obsession is extending her giveaway through Monday – so just today and tomorrow to get in on that one! You can also read an excerpt that she loved from the book – a budding relationship getting underway in chapter 7. So head on over to The Darcy Obsession right now to check it out!

You didn’t head right over. Oh, that’s right, I did say TWO giveaways, right? Well then, how about this – Eileen is hosting another giveaway at her blog, along with another excerpt as well! Check it out – and enter to win your free copy today.

And just because I have your attention already, if you happen to live in a hole and have not heard the previous announcements, some friends and I are starting a monthly newsletter. The ladies who join me in providing features are: Eileen Brown, Rose Fairbanks, Zoe Burton, and Leslie L Diamond. Each edition will feature fun articles, a look back in history, vintage recipes, fun games, even more chances to win a free book from any one of us (one winner per month guaranteed!!), and best of all, a story you will only get to read in the newsletter! 

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and the WINNER is…

**drumroll please**

Vesper – you are the winner of the Blog Tour Kickoff Giveaway!

Thank you all for viewing Sophie’s excerpt reding of my newest book, Just to Hear ‘I Love You’, and thank you all for sharing! Keep an eye out for more opportunities to win in another giveaway throughout the month of October. I have quite a few exciting things coming up!

A Beloved Book

I love books! I know that will not shock my friends, but what might shock them is that Jane Austen was not always my favorite author. At one time the lovely Louisa May Alcott held that wonderful position in my heart. I do not know that I could truly ever rate which authoress I love more than the other, because, honestly, I love them both.

Well, as it turns out, September 30th was the 141st anniversary of the original publication of Miss Alcott’s wonderful book, Little Women. I remember the first time I cracked open that long book (or what seemed like a long book to a young fourth grader) and read the first line,

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

And I remember thinking to myself, as I lay on the couch enjoying my school Christmas break and looking over at the tree with gifts underneath it, that as Meg said next, it truly would be dreadful to be poor. We were blessed to have those gifts for the festive season. It was a memory that is etched in my mind, though one I have never told anyone of or written about until jut now.

I devoured that book and talked my mom into taking me to the library two more times during that Christmas break to find the other books Miss Alcott wrote. Then for Christmas that year, my mom gave me a very precious gift – a book. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott. It wasn’t just any book, it was one passed down to her by her mother, who also received it as a gift when she was a young girl from her mother. The book was old and well worn, with already yellowed pages and grey duck tape replacing where the binding had once been. I don’t know who put that on there, but it was meant to keep the well-loved book together for a few more years.

That tape has since worn off, and the pages are even more yellowed than when I received that book all those years ago, but it is the one thing I always pack with me when we move. I don’t trust it to boxes, and even put it in my carry on bag when we moved to Germany. It is my most precious possession. I know it is not perfect, but it holds a special place in my heart. Perhaps one day I will have it rebound, or maybe not. What has stopped me thus far from looking into it is the name of my great-grandmother and the date of 9-26-45 written in her hand on the inside cover. I do not want to lose that part. I guess it would not be too difficult to find out whether the process of rebinding it would be able to save that for me though. You see, I dearly wish to pass that book down to my daughter, just as my mom did to me when I was ten, and as her mom did to her when she was ten, and as my grandmother’s mom did for her when she was ten (indicated by the date written in the front), but I just don’t know if it will handle another child’s hands in its current condition. My second daughter is coming up on her tenth birthday, and my eldest daughter is nearly fourteen, so at some point I will have to just trust that they are old enough to care for this book as well as I have all these years.


Here are a few pictures I took of my well-worn, but much-loved book:

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